Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Flint
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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination.  Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what’s gotten better and what hasn’t.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.


Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle.  The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him.  That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.


Flint Water
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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 


Cannabis
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There will be new rules soon in Michigan governing how medical marijuana is grown, shared, and sold. 

Donald Trump
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise Wednesday to visit Flint.  But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction. 


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There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

Cannabis
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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


Cash
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A lawsuit says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year.  If it succeeds, it would blow a giant hole in the state budget and send legislators and state budget officials scrambling to find a fix. 


Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

Bill Schuette
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A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  


Straight ticket voting
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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.


Melissa Gilbert
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Michigan Republicans have not given up on efforts to keep Democrat Melissa Gilbert on the November ballot despite her wishes and those of her party.


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.


Cannabis
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If it has roots and leaves in Michigan, it’s a plant.  That’s the legal definition now that the Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling in a medical marijuana case. 


Flint Water Treatment Facility
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has spent $2 million so far in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. 


Heidi Grether
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Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.  The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.


Melissa Gilbert
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Actor Melissa Gilbert has won the Democratic nomination to run in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District – but no longer wants it.  


Gavel
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Rules and tradition matter.  That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said when it reversed assault and firearms convictions against a northern Michigan man.   


Child Reading
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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 


Voting Booths
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Voters in Michigan will be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. 


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